Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 4, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Rail Runner
    service to resume 

    SANTA FE — New Mexico transportation officials say all Rail Runner service is expected to resume a day after being derailed by severe rain.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation says all trains were expected to begin operating on schedule Sunday after some routes were shut down because of a washout along a key route.

    Officials say rain caused a culvert near the top of Waldo Canyon to overflow, endangering the stability and drainage for the tracks.

  • Raises OKd for HU profs

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted Tuesday to approve a 1.5 percent increase in faculty salaries, signing off on the pay hike previously negotiated by the Faculty Association and ratified by the faculty in an email vote.

    Under the changes to the collective bargaining agreement approved by regents, a handful of assistant professors will actually receive pay raises of roughly 2.9 percent because the minimum salary for assistant professors was increased to $48,000.

  • Another rainy day
  • Area man arrested for Eighth DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested by state police this past Saturday on what authorities are calling his eighth DWI.

    Louis Chavez, 61, of the 1800 block of New Mexico Avenue, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence — seventh or subsequent offense, a third-degree felony.

  • Heritage Week events start today

    Las Vegas, get ready for a special treat this weekend. On Saturday night, musicians of all ages will hit the stage of El Rialto patio as part of as musician reunion concert and dance.

    Many musicians have called the area home, and during this concert, they will come together for what appears to be Las Vegas history told through half notes, full notes, sharps in general through music.

  • Group weatherizes homes for needy

    If you’re a low-income resident of San Miguel or Mora County and you need help weatherizing your home, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps wants to hear from you.

    The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, a non-profit organization, is accepting applications for its Energy Smart Weatherization program. Applications forms are available on the organization’s website at youthcorps.org, or you can call 575-751-1420 for information.

    To qualify, a family of three can make up to $39,580. A family of four can make up to $47,700.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 1, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Aug. 3, 1964 — A good crowd showed up for the annual City Recreation Kite Flying Contest at the Robertson High School baseball field. A Bingo set was awarded to Susie Uhrich for the most decorative kite. Bernadette Almanzar won a paint set for the largest kite. Billy Bothwell entered the smallest kite and won a model airplane kit. A $5 gift certificate, the prize for the highest and farthest flying kite, was given to Carl Gallegos.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 1, 2014

    Tax holiday starts today

    New Mexico’s annual tax holiday starts today and goes through the weekend. No gross receipts tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, including tablets; and computer hardware costing no more than $500. Also tax-free are certain clothing and shoes up to $100 and school supplies under $30.

  • Weather - Aug. 1

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Corrections agency eyes blood drive in DWI fight

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Declaring that New Mexico was locked in a long war to end drunken driving in the state, Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel asked state residents Wednesday to “shed their blood” in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads.
    Marcantel announced the department was launching a statewide blood drive to call attention the physical pain DWI is causing New Mexico. He began the program with blood drives aided by various law enforcement agencies.